Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Looking Back - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

Her hair is short now
Ted had always liked it long
They had shared so much
Even her name was in their favorite song

She frosted it too
'Grey already? ' he tried to smile
It caught in his throat
She was changing more than style

They both were so young
Writing their names in ink
On schoolbook covers seemed permanent.
What did they think - - -

That all the songs of the '60s were true
It seems that The Four Seasons
At 45 rpm
Was the extent of what they knew.

Once they had parted
They tried several times to restart
No matter who he met
A piece of her was in his heart

So much has happened
Over all these years
Does it make any difference
That there once were tears

We've stayed friends
Once she'd found another
It was so different
Being like a brother

His life could only be lived
He would eventually find
If she was out of sight
Surprise - - - she's still on his mind


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 19, 2013


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